Challenges, Changes and Opportunities in the Irish Uplands

Challenges, Changes and Opportunities in the Irish Uplands During 2009 this IUF Research Project will investigate the current social, economic and environmental issues affecting landscapes and communities in three upland areas in Ireland

Research will be carried out in the:
• North Sligo / North Leitrim uplands
• The Comeragh Mountains
• The Twelve Bens and Benchoonas of North-West Connemara

The findings of this research will
• Identify opportunities that could contribute to the future sustainable development of upland areas
• contribute to national policy development in the area of upland management
• inform the Irish Upland Forum’s future work programme.
This project is funded by the Heritage Council and the Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs. Research findings will be presented at the Heritage Council’s Landscape Conference in October 2009.

The report is available below.
Challenges, Changes & Opportunities in the Irish Uplands – Contents

IUF 2010 Exec Summary

Challenges, Changes & Opportunities in the Irish Uplands – Full Report

Policy submissions
IUF participates in public consultation on matters relevant to upland areas. In 2008 IUF made a submission in response to the Green Paper on Local Government.

Download submission below.
IUF submission re Green Paper on Local Govt – July 2008


Protected area management
IUF is committed to investigating models for community involvement in the management of protected landscapes. As part of this work IUF made a study visit to Austria in 2008 to examine the Nature Parks model. A full report of the study is available.
IUF Austrian Study Visit report

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